• Light rains likely today, says Pagasa

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    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Friday said fair weather is to be expected though the public is still advised to bring umbrellas with them to the cemeteries because of cloudy skies with possible light rainshowers.

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    Weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said Typhoon Vinta has maintained its strength and is now off the coast of Ilocos Norte though it continues to affect northern Luzon.

    Quitlong said that except for areas still under public storm warning signals, the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao will have with partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers.

    Quitlong said that Vinta is expected to be out of the country before noon Friday or early afternoon and is headed toward southern China.

    As of 7 a.m., the eye of Typhoon Vinta was at 120 km northwest of Laoag City with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometer per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 160kph. It is forecast to move west-northwest at 22kph.

    Quitlong said that public storm warning signal no. 3 remains hoisted over Ilocos Norte.

    He said that seven areas remain under public storm warning signal no. 2 (61 to 100kph winds): Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga and Ilocos Sur.

    Public storm warning signal no. 1 (30 to 60kph winds), on the other hand, is hoisted over Batanes Group of Islands, Isabela, Ifugao, Mount Province, Benguet and La Union

    “Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals 3, 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges,” Pagasa said.

    Pagasa said Vinta may bring rainfall of five to 10.0 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 500-km diameter of the typhoon.

    Pagasa said that sea travel is risky over seaboards of Northern Luzon and over the western seaboard of Central Luzon.

    Quitlong said that once Vinta exits the country, there is no low-pressure area or weather disturbance near the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the next two to three days but the northeast monsoon or “hangin amihan” continues to affect Luzon.

    He added that this month of November, expect at least two to three cyclones to enter the country.

    It added that Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms and the Visayas will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

    PNA

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